REPORT: Palace’s Guaita Deal Is Far From Confirmed Yet

0 Posted by - February 28, 2018 - News

Shortly after the closure of the January transfer window, Roy Hodgson confirmed that Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita would be joining Palace on a free transfer over the summer but yesterday, Spanish football outlet Marca put a spanner in the works.

According to them, Guaita has a get-out clause written into his pre-contract agreement with the Eagles which allows for the termination of the deal, should we be relegated from the Premier League in May. With the man himself currently sitting pretty in 11th with Getafe, it’s a stipulation that would make a great deal of sense for him on a personal level but for Palace fans, it would obviously represent a major kick in the teeth.

For what it’s worth, The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield sent the above tweet when word of a potential get-out clause was first mentioned yesterday, leaving everyone feeling mightily unsure about the lay of the land in relation to Guaita’s immediate future. I and I’m sure thousands of other supporters would love to see a keeper of his quality in the side should we drop into the Championship but given our recent luck when it comes to that particular position, I feel as though we should all mentally prepare ourselves for another messy break-up to occur.

It’s now close to two years since Steve Mandanda was first brought in from Marseille to solve our long-term need for an undisputed number one, only for the Frenchman to quickly decide that life in SE25 was not for him and publicly pine for a move back across the channel. After a full season of uncertainty, the club decided to cut their losses and sanction a deal, whilst somehow failing to secure a replacement for him throughout the entirety of the summer.

Ridiculously, we then made it through the whole of January without strengthening our options beyond Hennessey and Speroni and have now been left with a “will he, won’t he?” saga to contend with between now and June.

When you factor the club’s botched Deadline Day attempt to sign Frederick Ronnow from Brondby into the mix, serious questions must surely be asked about our strategy behind the scenes, given how desperate we are to cling onto our place in the Premier League.

Nothing is ever straightforward.

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  • t.carter February 28, 2018 - 8:52 am Reply

    you are spot on.for many reason,s this is a mess.for all the good thing,s that parish has done with c.p.he has proved to be inadequate on the transfer reality neither of our front-line goalies are good enough.they,ve both cost us vital points.and the introduction of freedman,has proved to be useless.we,ve none for ages were our on-field problem,s lay.and yet again have not been addressed.what next.don,t us long suffering fan,s had enough.all we ask is the club be run properly.thank god,at least there,s a chance with roy,at the helm.

  • Wiseoldowl February 28, 2018 - 12:36 pm Reply

    This kind of clause is inevitable, given our league position. It would be a surprise had it not been included.

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